Skincare Review: DHC Coenzyme Q10 Lotion & Milk

by PJ on Tuesday, August 30, 2011

in -DHC,all about Japanese cosmetics,skincare,skincare - cleansing/toning,skincare - moisturizing/others

DHC Coenzyme Q10 Lotion 1

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Last month, I reviewed DHC‘s Olive Virgin Oil, which is a good product for those with drier skin types. Today I will be focusing on two of the products in the Coenzyme Q10 range,  Coenzyme Q10 Lotion and Coenzyme Q10 Milk.

Coenzyme Q10 Lotion is the toner of the Coenzyme Q10 range. It has a very fresh lightweight feel on the skin, and it doesn’t feel slippery or sticky. (It is not a rich toner that feels emollient on the skin.) It contains butylene glycol as a moisturizing ingredient and it contains willow bark extract as an anti-irritant.

The coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) in this product is listed as ubiquinone, which functions as an antioxidant and an anti-irritant.

The product does not contain alcohol, parabens, fragrance (parfum) or other scenting agents.

It is a well-formulated toner that should benefit most skin types, but those with very dry skin might want to go for a slightly more emollient toner.)

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DHC Coenzyme Q10 Milk 1

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Coenzyme Q10 Milk is a very lightweight moisturizer. I was expecting it to have a lightweight milky consistency, but it turned out to be a clear serum-like gel. It takes a little time to be absorbed but it does sink in fully.

Some of the moisturizing agents in this product are glycerin, butylene glycol, pentylene glycol, hydrogenated lecithin, aloe leaf juice, glycine soja sterols, sodium hyaluronate, and palm oil.

It also contains willow bark extract (anti-irritant), tocotrienols (vitamin E, antioxidant and anti-irritant), and ubiquinone (coenzyme Q10, antioxidant and anti-irritant). Aloe leaf juice also functions as an anti-irritant.

Like Coenzyme Q10 Lotion, it does not contain alcohol, parabens, fragrance (parfum) or other scenting agents.

Even though, ingredient-wise, this is also a well-formulated product, I personally don’t find it emollient enough as a moisturizer*. If you have combination or oily skin with no dehydration issue, then it can be used as a very lightweight moisturizer (possibly in warmer months only). For those with dryness concerns, this product is unlikely to be sufficiently emollient. In most cases, I would recommend using it as a hydrating serum and I would suggest using a more emollient moisturizer afterwards to seal in the moisture.

(*Some Japanese beauty brands have a toner-milk-cream routine, which involves toning, hydrating (with a water-based product), and nourishing (with an emollient/oil-based product to seal in the hydration). The Coenzyme Q10 range does have a Cream (which I will review later), but, according to DHC Japan, DHC UK, and the application instructions on the product packaging, the Milk is the lightweight alternative to the Cream and doesn’t have to be used in conjunction with the Cream. Therefore, I am reviewing it as a moisturizer (hence the view that it is not sufficiently emollient for most skin types) and not as part of the toner-milk-cream routine. However, in this case, perhaps it should be marketed as part of the toner-milk-cream routine.)

(Some of the ingredient information is from Paula Begoun’s Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary.)

(The products featured in this article are provided by DHC.)

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Tam Monday, September 5, 2011

my mother uses that range, it’s moisturising enough for normal skin types.
I have to use two different creams, because the skin around my mouth is extremely dry, but my forehead barely needs anything!

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PJ Monday, September 5, 2011

Hi Tam,

The Q10 range is one of DHC’s key ranges, and there are quite a few other products in the range. It depends on which products your mother is using, but thank you for letting me know about her experience! :)

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